DIRECTOR

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2018

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2016

2015

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2014

2012/13

2010/11

DIRECTING

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

ANTHONY NEILSON

THE SEAGULL

SIMON STEPHENS

ART

YASMINA REZA

THE RIVER

JEZ BUTTERWORTH

FESTEN

DAVID ELDRIDGE

ZOO STORY

EDWARD ALBEE

THE PINTER SESSIONS

THE LOVER + DUMB WAITER

THE McCLURE SESSIONS

LONE STAR + PVT WARS

AFRICAN GOTHIC

REZA DEWET

CREDITS

VOICE WORK

NAOMI WIRTHNER

When we rehearse, the centre of the work is not really the information, but an unspeakable kind of connectedness that we find as we attempt to tell the truth, rather than give an explanation of truth.

 

The information will be useful in the end. But the most important work is on being with each other. Being in the room.

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THE SEAGULL

Anton Chekov : New adaptation by Simon Stephens

 

The Seagull by Anton Chekov. New adaptation by Simon Stephens

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Sally CJ, Simon Lys, Seamus Dillane, Colin Brown, Olivia Pinkney, David Gray, David Tarpey, Ella Yates, Edward Nelson & Anna Hope

May and June 2018 @ The Dairy & The Barn at Tablehurst

 

 

Chekhov’s celebrated masterpiece is given vibrant new life in this dynamic new version by Olivier-award winning playwright Simon Stephens. Switching effortlessly between the ridiculous and the profound, The Seagull forensically examines the transcendence and destructiveness of love. The burning need to create Art and how harshly that need can be crushed permeates throughout the play.

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Anthony Neilson

 

The night before Christmas by Anthony Neilson

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Jim Pople as Gary, David Brett as 'The Elf', David Tarpey as Simon and Sophie Peplar as Cherie

December 2016 + 2017 @ The Dairy

 

Christmas Eve and an elf lands in a warehouse full of cheap and stolen toys. Gary, not fully convinced it is an elf, calls Simon, not fully convinced Gary is sane anymore. The intruder who pleads with them to release him. Kept away from his job and the steady supply of the almost-narcotic 'Christmas spirit' magical powder, he might just die, ruining his own Christmas, surely, and perhaps everyone else's. 'The Night Before Christmas' is a hilarious anti-pantomime, a funny but ultimately warm-hearted cri de coeur against the Christmas industry, first performed at The Red Room, London, in December 1995.

ART

YASMINA REZA

 

Art by Yasmina Reza

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Marc, Jim Pople as Serge and Laurie Wilson as Yvan

September 2016 @ The Dairy

 

The Value of ART and Friendship. What price do we put on things?  What does it cost to tell the truth? Can our relationships afford it?  Immerse yourself in this fascinating discussion about the responsibility attached to ownership played out by three men and a FAMOUS painting.

 

THE RIVER

JEZ BUTTERWORTH

 

The River by Jez Butterworth

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as the man, Zoe Crowther as The woman & Ella Yates as The Other woman

Previewed in September 2015 @ The Farm

 

Still in process, I am busy with this delicate and mystifying love story by the creator of Jerusalem.

A remote cabin on the cliffs, a man and a woman, and a moonless night.

"At dawn I went back to the river, and I took off my clothes and dived in the freezing water. I searched and searched but it was gone. But when I surfaced, I was holding something. Something else".

A man yearning for something elusive and unattainable. The love of a perfect woman he once fleetingly captured and is now destined to keep seeking in a lifetime's succession of failed romantic adventures.

With fly-fishing being his metaphorical canvas.

 

FESTEN

David Eldridge

 

Festen by David Eldridge

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Francesca Thesen, Jim Pople, Laurie Wilson, Zoe Crowder, Elsie Mortimer, Ella Yates, Laurence Folland, Sarah Jane McKechnie, David Pullan, Kim Wheatley, David Tarpey, Jeroen Markies, Manning Goodwin, Gary Wright, Steve Oliver

May 2015 @ The Farm

 

How is it to witness a truth unfolding in front of you that will shock you to the core and yet not speak out? That's the uncomfortable dilemma I've tried to create in this production. The audience are the invited guests

to this "curious birthday party" and, because they have no words to communicate within the play, they are forced into the role of being complacent bystanders.

Festen is set within a family, a community, who does not want to see the rottenness that is living at its core, They are enchanted by an abuse of power, fear and complacency.And it is the death of an innocent feminine

that precedes the play, that causes an awakening. I called this project our community" play. Sometimes ironically.Yet it seems an appropriately apt and strong topic to invite a community to explore.I am acutely interested in how we are complicit in the preserviation of secrets.

And how we are forced into that complicity. What does it take to wake us up?

ZOO STORY

Edward Albee

 

Zoo Story by Edward Albee

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Jerry & David Wright as Peter

December 2014 @ The Farm

 

Edward Albee's famous work which features Jerry who lives on the margins of society and Peter....

Peter represents the society that is indifferent to those like Jerry.

Maybe Jerry's cage seems more obvious to us. Easier to distance from. His boundaries straying to the wilder shores.

Yet Peter's prison is no less real. Imprisoned by his class and his attachment to social convention his Infantilised soul plays at being 'grown up'! A wonderfully expressive piece of theatre.

THE DUMB WAITER

Harold Pinter

 

Directed by Naomi Wirthner.

With: Laurie Wilson as Ben & Jim Pople as Gus. Dave Wright as the Dumbwaiter

April 2014@The Farm

Dark, dirty, tense, violent and funny! The Dumbwaiter had the audience literally screaming with laughter and screaming with tension! As we spend an hour with two hit men waiting in a basement, the conundrum is played out, do we just "get on with it mate"? Or do we challenge the status quo with asking "what's going on?" And anyway who's in charge?

Pinters dialogue is so strongly constructed that if the acting does not find its base note for the characters, they became almost shallow, talking heads! The struggle was to really ground the back story for the actors, enabling them to be in the moment and not slide into East End caricature.

 

THE LOVER

Harold Pinter

 

Directed by Naomi Wirthner. With : Ella Yates as Sarah & Gary Wright as Richard.

February 2014 @the Farm

The Lover was erotic and thought provoking. A sublimely sexy Miles Davies soundtrack underpinned the action, and we challenged ourselves and the audience to produce a very modern and breathtaking production. It worked on many levels. Prompting questions about love, sexual freedom, monogamy, game playing. Asking us to expose and explore our taboos around security and freedom in relationship. And refusing to provide comforting answers. Each night the audience left the space to continue the discussion in the pub.Very gratifying. Both of these productions were a joy and a torture!

Pinters writing is pure genius to work with, but it can also freeze the brain.

Only when we begin to embody what is living. not just in the dialogue but in the atmosphere created by 'pause' and 'silence', does his work really come to life. What then emerges is full of richness and depth.

PVT WARS

James Mclure

 

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Gately, Laurie Wilson as Silvio & Jim Pople as Natwick.

October 2013 @the Space isle of Dogs

February 2013 @The Farm

PVT Wars told the story of 3 men residing in a hospital for war veterans after the Vietnam War.

Mcclure writes with such humanity that we needed to find the muscularity of the characters and not indulge in sentiment What could seem initially light and insubstantial became very tender and touching as we explored what lay behind its dark humour. The physical wounds of the men were hinted at via the psychological state they inhabited, as they tried to refind themselves and their place in society.

 

LONESTAR

 James Mclure

 

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Roy, Jim Pople as Ray & Laurie Wilson as Cletis.

September 2011 @ The Foresters (Forest Row Festival 2011)

May 2012@ The Latest (Brighton Festival 2012)

Lonestar is a gem of a piece about a man returning from the Vietnam War to find that nothing is as it was. Especially himself. Over the course of a night, out the back of his favourite bar, Roy hits reality head on!

It's about brothers and friendship and growing up.

AFRICAN GOTHIC

Reza De Wet

 

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Jane Akuwudike as Sussie, Gary Wright as Frikkie, Colin Brown (& later Gil Sutherland} as Mr. Grove & Naomi Wirthner as Alina

September 2010 @ The Grainstore (Forest Row Festival 2010)

February 2011 @ Pertwee, Anderson & Gold Gallery, Soho

May 2011 @ Iambic Arts Theatre, Brighton (Brighton Festival 2011)

August 2011 @ The Arcola Theatre, Hackney

The making of it this piece defined much of my work

It's a truly imaginative and unusual script; beautifully written and dealing with topics set to un-nerve and question. Almost a fairy tale, but a savage one, without a happy ending.

It tells the story of a brother and sister on an abandoned farm in the open spaces of South Africa.

It is the tale of their survival. How they endured childhood and how their childhood games and rituals allow them to survive as adults. And then the unwelcome arrival of a visitor!

Reza de Wet wrote African Gothic with such depth and yet apparent simplicity. Her writing takes us all to places that are not always comfortable but makes us grow!